Vaxholm Fortress

Vaxholm Fortress (Swedish: Vaxholms fastning) is a historic fortification on the island of Vaxholmen in the Stockholm archipelago just east of the Swedish town of Vaxholm.

The fortress is accessed by the Kastellet ferry, an electrically powered cable ferry across the channel from Vaxholm town. In 1970, it was used as a movie location for the pirate stronghold in Pippi in the South Seas. A scenic view of the castle may be seen from the car ferry which plies the short distance between Vaxholm and the island Rindo.

History : The fortress was originally constructed by Gustav Vasa in 1544 to defend Stockholm against shipborne attacks from the east, but most of the current structure dates from 1833–1863. Russian prisoners-of-war were used in part to build the fortress. The stretch of water below the building was formerly the main sea route to Stockholm. Thus, the fortress was strategically situated to defend the city from naval attacks. The Danes attacked it in 1612 and the Russian navy in 1719.

Since the mid 19th century, its military importance has ceased. So weak had the fort become that it was said the great Prussian Field Marshal von Moltke was only ever seen to smile twice. Once when they told him his mother-in-law was dead and again when he saw Vaxholm Fort. Today, it is home to the Swedish National Museum of Coastal Defence.

today :  The fortress today contains the Vaxholm Fortress museum with exhibitions about, among other things, Sweden’s Coastal Defense for 500 years, life in the fortress, prison caves and preparedness in the Archipelago during World War II. Vaxholm Fortress is a state building memorial since 1935 and is managed by the State Property Agency. Vaxholms fortress is inhabited by the Himmelstrand family. There are also rooms and breakfast for rent in the castle.

Access : Coordinates: 59.403056, 18.359722 / Take bus 670 from Tekniska Hogskolan to Vaxholm, or go by boat (Waxholmsbolaget) from Stockholm to Vaxholm. Ferry service between Vaxholm and Citadel /  From May there is a ferry service between the city of Vaxholm and Vaxholm fortress from quay 9 (near Vaxholms Hotel)

Vaxholm Fortress Museum : hours : May: 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27 open 12.00–16.00.
2–21 June: open 12.00–16.00. Midsummer closed.24 June – 31 August: open 11.00–17.00. September: 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 29-30, open 11-17.

Activities : sightseeing / photo opportunities / trekking

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